Will It Close?

Mary Mitchell

Will the Mary Mitchell Close?

I received this following email from the director of the center:

Hello everyone:
Thanks to the phone calls, rally and press (thanks to you!) the Mary Mitchell Center has a meeting with Deputy Mayor Walcott and our elected officials tomorrow from 10am to 11:30.  At this point it looks like they still want us to pay the DOE for use of the space.  We are going to make a compelling presentation and remind them that it is both the right thing to do and the best financial decision for the City to return the building to us.
If you pray, pray for us tomorrow between 10 and 11:30.  If you don’t pray, think of us!
I will let you know what happens.
Thank you again for your support.
Heidi

Give It Back

Mary Mitchell

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

I am writing on behalf of the Mary Mitchell Center which is located in the Crotona section of the Bronx at 2007 Mapes Avenue.

Please find it in your heart to make sure the center is given back to the community. About 400 or more young people and 28 community groups participate
in the Center. It is the only Center in the neighborhood that many of the young children can attend after school. Most of the after school programs are cut from the schools
that they attend and to take away their Center, sends a daunting message to them about what you think of them and what you think of their future.

In November 2009, there was a shoot-out next door to the Center and had it not been for the shelter of the center from the flying bullets, there could have been innocent blood shed. In addition, it is highly important for the community to provide family support for one another. Most of the parents work far away from home and are not there to receive their children as they come out of school. Thus, the center opens just in time for the children to go to after school and to do their homework and other activities such as piano and creative arts until their parents can pick them up.

Giving the Center back to the community board will not only help the city keep the promise that it made with the community but show the youth that not only does their community care for them but the Mayor of the City of New York also cares a great deal.

Calls to Help the Mary Mitchell Center

Call the Mayor’s Office at 212-788-3000!!

Call Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn’s Office at 212-788-7210

Call Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s Office at 718-590-3557

Call City Council Majority Leader Joel River at 718-842-8100

I called the Mayor’s office and asked them to give the Mary Mitchell Center back to the board of Directors. When I was done, the person on the other side told me to call 311. And 311 is not a number to call to talk about the Mary Mitchell Center being taken away.  It is the Mayor’s office. I hope someone read my email.

Mary Mitchell

College Preperation

College Preperation

If your parents never been to college and they know very little about college how will they know to sat aside money for you to go to college? So, now you are 18 and applying for school. You’ve been accepted with a scholarship and grants but that is not all you need.  You need a co-signer.You need a loan. But you first need a family member or a close friend to be willing to sign for you. But what if you do not have any family. Your parents long time ago split, your Mom passed, your Dad is reluctant to doing anything for you, and with the economy state in America, you do not know much people who even have a job to be willing to co-sign anything for you.

So now what is your option if you want to stay in school?

The Army?

You continue to look for a co-signer?

Sports?

But what if you are not good in any sports?

So, all this talk from the government about going to college to make America’s children better and make America better who is this talk for? Only people with money or with parents who went to college themselves? Why should you want to better a county that doesn’t even give soldiers who fought for this country, proper army benefits and better yet, can’t even send you to school without forcing you into debt?

Girls Getting Ready

Girls Getting Ready

You see, I never go anywhere without my make-up. That is what she said to me when I came to pick her up. No, Dude see, I always have to wait for her. She is never ready. She should start getting ready as soon as she comes from work but she lolly-gags and takes her sweet time.

So what really happen? Tell me the full story.

Okay, so you know we’ve been dating for 5 months now and every month on the 15 we would go out. That is when we officially meet. You know, another girl thing.

Yeah, my girl does the same thing man! It’s like they are trying to make you remember when you first asked them out.

Yeah! So anyways, you know the first time we went out I didn’t have to wait that long. She was ready and we had a wonderful time. But that was the only time she was ready. She is making it a habit. This not being ready stuff. And it takes away from the time we have to spend together.

You talk to her about it?

Yeah, all the time. And she doesn’t get the point!  She’s like, well, I have to take a bath and yaadaa yaadaa…and I’m like it takes you two hours to do all of that?! Oh and lets not forget the makeup! I always need my eye shadow! She must go everywhere with that on.

Man, my girl is the same. I spend a lot of time waiting for her. I think she does hers on purpose.

Me too! It’s like they believe in the word Wait. Like they live their lives according to the word!

I am not going to get into that. She got me waiting for much more.

Dude, same here.

So, what you gonna do then, about this waiting thing?

Just continue waiting. For real. I may seem upset but in the long run, after it’s all said and done, I am really happy. I wait a while for her to get ready and then she comes downstairs and looks so beautiful. And when we argue about how much I have to wait, she says, what, you don’t appreciate what I took the time out to do for you? And I love her even more.

I feel you bro.

So, the more she have me waiting, the more I love her.

Just don’t tell her that!

Of course not. Not good for us dudes!